Asha Sutton, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Marriage and Family Sciences

Areas of Expertise:Dr. Asha Sutton

  • Families involved in the child welfare system
  • Social justice and equality for marginalized populations
  • Multi-cultural competence of mental health organizations
  • Qualitative methodologies 


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • B.A., Hampton University

A critical ethnography exploring African American biological parents' experiences with child welfare service providers  

  • L.M.F.T., Michigan                                                

Selected Publications:

  • “Child neglect, racial disparities & economic hardship,” The Michigan Mentor: Newsletter of the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2009
  • “Qualitative inquiry and family therapist identity construction through community-based child welfare practice” Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 2009
  • “Collaborative and empowering practices with African American families in child welfare,”  Michigan Child Welfare Journal, 2008
  • “Delinquent behavior, violent victimization, and coping strategies among Latino adolescents,” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2005

Selected Professional Experience: 

  • Client Services Counselor, Doorways for Women and Families
  • Director of Government and Policy Affairs, Voices for America's Children
  • Family Therapist and Researcher, Families in Transition, Michigan State University


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